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Features | 5 Books That Surprised Me

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Today I wanted to share five titles that all fall under the category of 'books that surprised me'... in a good way! Each of the five titles below are books that I wasn't sure would be my kind of thing or didn't know much about going into, but ended up enjoying much more than I had expected to. I've included a brief synopsis of each book along with the star ratings I gave them at the time - hopefully you'll find something new here to add to your TBR!

Sidekick, Auralee Wallace ★★★★★

This novel introduces us to Bremy, the daughter of a very rich family who has left behind her socialite partying lifestyle for independence in the big city. Living undercover and struggling to make rent, an unusual series of events lead to Bremy becoming the sidekick to local superhero Dark Ryder.

Here We Are Now, Jasmine Warga ★★★½

In this YA novel we meet teenager Taliah, who has been sending letters to rock star Julian Oliver - who just happens to be her father - for several years. Having received no response it's a pretty big surprise when he shows up on her doorstep and asks her to travel back to his hometown with him to meet her grandfather who is sadly nearing the end of his life.

Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher ★★★★

Ketchup Clouds tells the story of Zoe, a young girl with a big secret; she killed her boyfriend. Bursting with guilt and not knowing who to turn to Zoe starts to tell her story through a series of letters written to Stuart Harris, an inmate on Death Row.

Everything All At Once, Katrina Leno ★★★★

In this 2017 release we meet Lottie who has always struggled with anxiety but is going through a particularly tough time after the recent death of her aunt, a famous author. Before she passed away Aunt Helen created a series of letters for her niece, each designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone.

Far From The Tree, Robin Benway ★★★★★

This YA Contemporary tells the story of three siblings meeting for the very first time having grown up separately. Whilst Grace and Maya were adopted at birth, their older brother Joaquin grew up in the foster system but may have finally found a real home. The book follows the trio as they get to know each other and decide to search for their birth mother.

Are there any books that really surprised you?

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